Overseas Citizen of India (OCI)

Candidates who hold non-Indian passports, but are Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) Cardholders, will be treated as international candidates for IISc admissions under the following two categories:

  • Category-1: OCI students who have obtained their qualifying degree* while living (or domiciled) in India. These Category-1 students will apply through regular admission portal https://admissions.iisc.ac.in/Web/SelectAdmsnType.aspx
  • Category-2:
    OCI students other than those in Category 1. These students have obtained the qualifying degrees* while staying in foreign country. They will apply through the current international student admission portal.

*Qualifying Degree:

For UG admissions, it is 10+2 or equivalent
For M.Tech. and research admissions, it is B.S. (4 year)/B.E./B.Tech./M.Sc./M.Tech.

Note:  All OCI candidates, irrespective of their domicile status and education history, will be treated as international Candidates (as per the Gazette of Government of India, 4th March 2021 on this matter). They are not allotted the seats meant for Indian citizens (general category or otherwise) and will have to qualify against the seats meant for international students. Depending on their domicile status, they can qualify for admission through KVPY/ JEE/ NEET/ GATE/ MTech degree, etc. also.

For example, an OCI candidate get selected to our UG program by taking KVPY; however, the candidate will be treated as an international student and will not be counted against the seats allocated for Indian citizens. Similarly, based on GATE score or performance during MTech course works, an OCI candidate may be called to appear for an interview for the Institute’s PhD program (along with other Indian candidates) and get selected; however, the candidate will not be counted against seats meant for Indian citizens. The selected PhD candidate will be treated as an international student and will be entitled to the Institute fellowship (and not DoE/CSIR fellowship).